Monday, August 13, 2012

That's Not a Catholic Church

Here's another entry for the Internet Movie Liturgical Database (descendant of the IMFDB and the IMDB). The above is the "Basilica of the Immaculate Conception" in "Red Mass", season 4, episode 4 of The West Wing.

That's definitely not a Catholic Church. Not visible in this photo is that above the sanctuary there's a balcony with seats facing down the nave.

Oh, and for the scene's most prominent music they used Vivaldi's Gloria. That piece of music lasts about half an hour and no one in their right mind would program it for Mass.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Excerpt of a Poem by Caleb Curtiss

 In the New England Review Vol. 33, No. 1 (2012):
Poem with You Drinking a Cup of Coffee 
This poem has no occasion. 
I edited that out a long time ago.
It, like a body, or like a memory,
has rebuilt itself over time:

each of its component parts
has been exchanged for newer,
more efficient ones, so that now,
when I overhear someone

saying the word “coffee,”
you are drinking a cup of coffee. 
The complete poem is here (except that the word "you" in the final line should be italicized.)